20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Hardcover – Oct 1 2009
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The trio, plus Captain Nemo, were very easy to tell apart from each other, and I was grateful for that as their names stuck in my head quickly. Ned Land ("the Canadian") was my absolute favourite, however he did feel very different in the start of the story than he did once they entered the Nautilus. He seemed like a respectable and stoic man at first, but the rage and vulgarity that he later displayed were always fun to read. In fact, I couldn't help but laugh out loud at this description of him, definitely making it my favourite quote of the story: "Ned Land did not speak, but he opened his jaws wide enough to frighten a shark. What powerful breathing! The Canadian 'drew' like a stove in full combustion."
Verne definitely has a way with description in this story, as I've mentioned, because I really enjoyed the way the fish and oceanic world were described. Even if the goal [of escaping the Nautilus (hide spoiler)]was the last thing I cared about, the way the characters interacted with their colourful world definitely excited my imagination.
I was sad with the way the story ended though, as I did want to find out about Captain Nemo's past, but at least the way it ended did make it feel finished despite how abruptly the escape happened.
I don't think I'd ever read this book again, even if I just wanted to keep exploring his narration. I can't even say I'm glad I read it at all, but even though the plot just didn't have me excited at least I got to look at Verne's storytelling through description.
The plot is familiar: Captain Nemo, an enigmatic figure who has withdrawn himself from the world, tours the oceans in his submarine called the Nautilus. We see this journey of 20,000 leagues (approx. 43,200 miles) through the eyes of Professor Pierre Aronnax, a scientist who is both Nemo's guest and prisoner. Also aboard with Aronnax are his manservant Conseil and a gruff ship's harpooner, Ned Land. The Nautilus encounters many wonders and obstacles on its long voyage: underwater forests, giant clams, attacks by huge squid, imprisonment in ice at the South Pole, monster storms, a war with a pack of sperm whales, and the discovery of the lost continent of Atlantis. But as something deep and destructive gnaws away at Captain Nemo, his prisoners seek a way to escape from the miracle ship.
In the English-speaking world Jules Verne has rarely received in the praise he truly deserves as a writer.Read more ›
All the adventures that I never heard about before like the hunt on the sea floor with the electric bullets, the Arabian tunnel under the sea, Santorin Island the Grecian Archipelago, the volcanoes of the Mediterranean, the Bay of Vigo with all the treasures, the size of the mountains in Atlantis, the adventure at the South Pole, the fight with all the sperm whales, his home Island and the production of salt to run his electric engines.
There is so much more to this story than what I have heard before and in this edition the foot notes are excellent. I especially like the story of Arachne and how the name of Arachnid came to mean spiders. The footnotes explain all the literary references which are helpful to understanding the characters. There is so much information here about the sea world in an adventure that makes each moment exciting.
Verne must have done so much research for this book to get all the scientific information correct. I never thought they knew all those things about the sea at that time.
I was surprised by the character of Nemo who never seemed to go after anyone unless he was attacked. The whole idea that he chased after all forms of warships was something made up in Hollywood. Nemo never seemed to want to even deal with people. The story of Nemo's life at the end of the book explains many of his behaviors.Read more ›
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The best novel I've ever read. Great story line and I really love the twist. Classic but gold.Published 4 months ago by BStromberg
story is good ,paper,poor quality,cheap construction,worth 10usd and thats it.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
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I like adventures and science fiction. This classic about which everything has been said offered me both. I found the narrations of the fish and plants just a bit too long. Read morePublished on June 6 2014 by Denis Riendeau
Beside the fact that I found the letters a bit small, everything is great. I like the size of the book and the cover is nice.Published on April 25 2014 by Jojo
I purchased this book to use as the base for our homeschool oceanology study unit. It was fantastic. Read morePublished on March 17 2014 by HS Mom of 4 boys
Jules Verne is often butchered by bad translators, but this is not the case. It's accurate to the French, and the prose has the right feel for the period.Published on Feb. 15 2014 by Travis Mataya
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